Curiously, this weepy drama seems a little flatter, less involving, than it should. Especially with a cast like this.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A strangely grim affair that will stretch the patience of more than a few viewers.
| Original Score: 4/10
Silly, dull and depressing.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Depressingly unmoving, thanks to unaffecting performances and a story that holds no surprises.
| Original Score: 2/4
Everything is so picture-perfect that it plays like hackneyed fiction rather than the real-life drama to which it aspires.
Coixet's dignified, heartfelt little indie drama proves that dying young doesn't always come with the schmaltz of a Julia Roberts movie. Outstanding.
| Original Score: 5/5
...pulls out all the stops to elicit the requisite emotions from the audience, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
It could have easily toppled over into the maudlin. That it doesn't is due in tremendous part to Polley's effortless performance as Ann.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Against all odds, My Life Without Me succeeds in spite of itself.
| Original Score: 3/5
An odd and really wonderful mix of sadness and wonder.
| Original Score: 4/5
Less a tearjerker than a thought-provoker.
| Original Score: 3/4
My Life Without Me is an impressively acted, uplifting, thoughtful film that transcends its seemingly depressing subject matter. Highly recommended.
Takes place in late fall and early winter, when everything is cold, gray and dying. It's a tough context for a tender story.
Coixet does an admirable job of sustaining the sadness for long stretches of time.
What's miraculous about My Life Without Me is that the movie avoids bathos almost entirely, its considerable potential for cloying sentimentality undercut by a streak of wry, gentle humor.
Makes you think twice about what's really important in life and a movie that can do that is a movie worth seeing.
A movie that is spare, candid and beautiful in every detail.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Polley's Ann is scrappy, honest, and warm, not someone to be pitied or doubted or chastened.
A sweetly specific story, tenderly told.
| Original Score: B+
Too flat and confined and false.
| Original Score: 1.5/4